Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

Stick Out Your Tongue, by Ma Jian

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Stick out your tongueI have read the controversial and very much banned Stick Out Your Tongue, by Ma Jian, quite a few times and each time I didn’t know what to make of it. It is a collection of short stories or long short stories on the same theme – Tibet and Tibetan sky burials – making it a novella. On the cover is praise from Nobel laureate, author and artist Gao Xingjian: “One of the most important and courageous voices in Chinese literature.” My copy was published by Chatto & Windus, London, in 2006, and translated by Flora Drew, and it contains an Afterword by the author. The book originally came out in 1987, in the Chinese literary journal, People’s Literature. Result: a government crackdown; the novella was denounced…(Continue reading…)

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